Volvo’s New Smartwatch Tech Allows You to Talk to Your Car

On your own in a coffee shop, with nobody to talk to? Volvo can help with that…

Volvo has announced a partnership with Microsoft that will enable drivers to talk to their car using a Band 2 smartwatch.

Rather than using it to hold a conversation with an XC90, the voice-controlled system will allow owners to perform a variety of tasks from setting the navigation or starting the heater to locking the doors, flashing the lights or sounding the horn.

While similar systems are available in other cars, this is the first time any have been voice activated using a smartwatch.

“Volvo is intent on making the car experience as easy and convenient as possible by utilising the latest technology in the most relevant and inspiring ways,” explained Thomas Muller, vice president of electronics and e-propulsion at Volvo. “With voice control, we are only just beginning to scratch the surface of what is possible with digital assistant functionalities.”

“Our ongoing partnership with Volvo continues to bring ground-breaking technology to enhance the automotive experience,” said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development at Microsoft. “Together with Volvo, we’re just beginning to understand the potential that technology has to improve driver safety and productivity.”

Customers will be able to use the system with Volvo on-Call enabled models and a Microsoft Band 2 in spring 2016.

Phil Huff

Phil is a motoring writer for print and web, failed racing driver, car hoarder and banger rally competitor. Nominated for the Headline Auto Rising Star award and a MGMW member, Phil freelances for outlets as diverse as Diesel Car magazine, DAD.info and Cambridge Magazine, amongst many others. He also maintains a fleet of unloved motors, but spends most of his time driving an old Corvette.

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